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>> good morning, today is tuesday, november 26th, 2013, welcome to the san francisco county, transportation authority, my name is john avalos the chair of the authority. and our clerk today is erika cheng and we are broadcast today by sfgtv staff. and thank you for your service. madam clerk, could you please call the roll. >> roll call.
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>> commissioner avalos? >> present. >> commissioner breed? >> here. >> campos? >> absent. >> chiu? >> present. >> cohen? >> present. >> ferrill. >> present. >> commissioner kim? >> kim absent. >> commissioner mar? >> mar absent. >> commissioner tang? >> present. >> commissioner weiner? >> present. >> yee. >> present. >> commissioner kim. >> present. we have a quorum. >> item two, approve the minutes of the minutes of october, 22, 2013. this is action item. >> any comments on the minutes? >> seeing none, any member of the public like to comment, we will close public comment. and quickly, we will have a roll call vote. >> commissioner avalos? >> aye. >> breed? >> aye. >> campos
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>> absent. >> chiu? >> chiu, aye. >> cohen? >> aye. >> far ill. >> aye. >> kim. >> aye. >> mar, absent. >> tang? >> aye. >> weiner? >> aye. >> commissioner yee? >> aye. >> that item passes. >> the item passes. >> the last page? madam clerk, could you call the next item. >> chair's report, this is an information item. >> good morning, colleagues, we have a very full agenda today with presentations on the water
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front transportation assessment, under items 11 and 12 and a possible closed session under 13 to approve the director's objectivity and performance goals. november has been an exciting month in terms of supporting public discussions on multiple opportunity to help to shape and show up san francisco transportation system with the potential of the infusion of significant new resources. yesterday, i attended a meeting of a final meeting of the mayor's transportation, 2030, task force, where the co-chairs, and deputy city, and director spur, presented the mayor with the task force final report. commissioners weiner and chiu were also in attendance. as highlighted and to the presentation of this body last month, the recommendations include, a three billion program, focusing primarily on transit and roadway state of good repair and the smaller
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amounts such as the city's pedestrian and bike strategies and growth, such as the new muni vehicles. the funding improvement and the task force recommendations include, two general application bonds, one billion dollars and an increase in the vehicle license fee of 1.35 percent, and an increase of a half cent to the sales tax measures targeted for the 2014 and 2016 ballots. while recognizing the significant transportation needs, it exists and the potential of the proposed measure to make read strides towards addressing those needs, last month and myself included called for insurancing a more ininclusive and transparent approach to the proposed investment program. >> proposed a framework with the plans and program committee and last week, co-sponsors, commissioner campos and kim and
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i and yee introduced an amendment to set aside 70 million to address the dispartis in low income communities to increase transparency and accountability for the proposed vehicle license fee. i am very much looking forward to continuing discussions, with this body, for the mayor's office the task force and the full spectrum of stake holders to develop provisions that have broad and keep support to insure success on the ballot. on a related front this month and in response to the advocacy and the representatives commissioner and weiner, and commissioners weiner and campos, the metropolitan transportation commission introduced a proposal for the cap and trade funds that may flow from the state to the region, the key part is the challenge grant program which features the funding of $2.3
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billion for critical muni vehicle replacement and improvements. but only if we can match it with about 1.16 billion in local revenues. that was a balance yesterday of the task force, by steve. and the 2.3 billion, and the 2 to one match is not all new money but includes the commitments of anticipated federal funds, toward the mtc, proposal significantly accelerates to promote the finding of the ready to go fro ject. it is suspected to act on this proposal in december. i would like to thank the mtc staff for the proposal which is in response to the funding shortfalls that were unable and were unable to be funded in the regional transportation plan, also, last week, california alliance for the jobs and transportation california to the industry based organizations that the paperwork to the state to preserve the opportunity to put a constitutional amendment on
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the 2014 ballot that will put into place, the state wide license fee dedicated for the transportation and infrastructure and a state of good repair, the measure is anticipated to generate, $2.9 billion state wide and although san francisco would likely receive quite a bit less than we successfully pursued under our own 1.3 percent vehicle license fee while it is not certain that the coalition measure will be on the ballot, it is yet another call for us to continue the local conversations to insure that everyone is at the table, so that we can all be advocating for transportation funding solutions at the local, regional and state levels. lastly, earlier this month, i toured the procidio site with the director and deputy director, phase two construction is will under way and i was quite impressed by not only the skill of the endeavor, but also the positive
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impacts that the parkway will have on accessibility to the area, including improved walking and biking routes. and the project is expected to be done by january 2015. i will conclude my programs by wishing everyone a happy and safe thanksgiving, thank you. >> commissioner weiner? >> thank you, chair avalos, for those remarks. i just wanted to give perhaps a slightly different perspective on the transportation task force, which i along with chair avalos and commissioner chiu have had the honor of serving on for the last year. and when the task force started, a lot of us were really pleased because when mayor lee convened it, and we have seen other convening in
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the past, and the tax reform or the affordable housing trust fund, where we have been able to really address some vexing problems in our city and the continued deteration of muni primarily the infrastructure and the state of good repair of the system are truly a problem for the city. and in every part of the city, we are seeing challenges, around the liability and around the capacity of the system. and so, having this task force with these recommendations i think is a really positive thing. and this task force the process has been highly transparent. and includes a lot of different perspectives at the table. members of the public who are not part of the task force were able to attend, this has been a very public process, and so really have not been any
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secrets. and the results of this recommendation of the task force are incredibly important and solid and they focus on shoring up this deter ating system, and improving it or moving it into a state of good repair. and when you look at the reliability problems that we have had in every single part of this city, it is in large part because we don't have enough vehicles, the vehicles we have break down too much and we have not modernized the physical infrastructure of this system. and in every single part of this city, residents suffer as a result. and we have 2.2 billion dollars in deferred maintenance and that number is going to grow significantly in coming decades if we don't serious about investing in the system and making sure that we are taking care of the infrastructure and that is exactly what this
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package of recommendations does, it will allow us to shore up the system on to fill in a lot of the gaps, and the capitol funding, and so it is a very positive thing. and you know, in terms of equity, you know, as commissioner chiu stated, the task force meeting yesterday, there are no republican or democratic roads and there are no progressive or moderate or whatever else bus stops in san francisco. and our transit system serves everyone, and it serves every part of the city. it is struggling, in every part of the city, it is the same vehicles that are going crisscrossing through rich neighborhood and poor neighborhood and middle class neighborhoods, there are low income people in transit dependent people in every part of our city. there are seniors, and young people in every part of our
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city, and the most important thing that we can do in terms of equity in our transit system, is having a system that is reliability for the entire city, and i think that this moves us in that direction, and i also just want to comment on the really wonderful proposal that i hope will come out of the mtc, but it is being proposed by the nbc staff now that will for muni bar and ac transit which combine 80 percent of the riders in the region, will provide a significant pool of money for those three agencies including muni to access, to impair the infrastructure and the state of good repair of the system. and to do that, we have to put in local money. to 30 percent of the money has to come from the agency. and then, the mtc will come in with the other 70 percent, it is a wonderful opportunity but we have to put in that money and these recommendations will
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allow you to do that and if the money is being used for something else and not for the capitol needs of the state of the repair of the system, we will not be able to access all of that regional money. so there are a lot of balls in the air right now, i think that these recommendations are part of the bigger picture for the transit system. and i look forward to moving them forward, thank you. thank you, commissioner weiner, and i appreciate your comments. i do believe that we attempt very hard to have a color blind system in place, for our transportation system and one that also tries to achieve equity across our socioeconomic spectrum but that is not always the reality and, my concern is that there are many people around san francisco who don't have a sense of trust and the decisions that are made at city hall and i think that we have to build in a mechanism to build that trust and to be share that as we are making investments that people can see
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directly by the investments that we make and the rec mifm to insure the investments that there will be equity in the system. the district where we don't have the same kind of transportation infrastructure that exists in other place and we don't have a lot of development that is happening in my part of san francisco. i see a great deal of investments that are made around where the cranes are but there are no cranes in my district. and we are lagging far, far behind and what we can have for basic amendties for people using our muni and bart system and road system and so i want to make sure that we are working collectively and across city hall and with the city departments to be sure that we can build a strong framework for equity and one that we can all agree on and i think that it is very early to start dewaiting wholeheartedly how we are going to get there. we have many months to work that out and i want to be sure that i am involved in good dialogue with all of you and the mayor's office and stake holders across san francisco to
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help to make that happen. commissioner kim? >> thank you, i just think that i appreciate all of the comments that have been made today. i just want to comment on i think that it is a great line to say that there are no democratic and republican roads, but we know that there are neighborhoods that are low income and more that are transit dependent and we choose to cut the stops in the high percentage of seniors either the china town or we know that the vast majority that they need or choose not to create stops where we are asking the residents not to have cars and use the transit. we want to be sure that there is equity when we choose the routes and cutting bus stops and adding the lines that we take into account the riders that our income or transit dependant. i think that it is important that as we put together a
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pipeline of projects unfortunately, there is a limited spectrum of funds that he we have in the city, i would love to fund everything that is in the line to get funded. but, we have to create priorities and i think that it is important to have an analysis when we create that, that we have done every single project that we have in the city and of course we may different in how the priority haves looked and some of us have come out and said that we need an equity framework that looks at low income riders that have no other choices but you know the other stocks may say that we need to focus on the transit riders and the folks that get on muni and instead of the cars, i think that it is a good debate and i don't think that we should not pretend that there are choices that are made. >> i want to make a few comments, we implemented the 5 l and i was very excited about that and we worked closely with
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mta to do so and discovered when we removed several bus stops, although it was office was understanding that some senior developments within a certain area, were reached out to and we discovered that, in fact, the bus stops were all moved from that particular area, and fortunately we were able to resolve that problem and move that bus stop back to insure that those seniors have access to a bus stop within the close proximity of their location. and i think that there are a lot of challenge and we make the decisions and the people that are going to be impacted, but i don't want to make the wrong decision, and i want there to be room to correct those decisions when we do make the wrong decision. and there are people who we want to catch transit, of course, we want to limit the number of vehicles on the roads, but there are people who
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need to catch the transit and i think that one of the concerns that i have although this may have been an open process that many of those folks who need to rely completely with no alternative on public transportation, often times are not a part of the process. and i don't believe that they were a part of the task force and although i appreciate the work that went into the recommendations of the task force and i am looking forward to taking a hard look at what is being proposed and making sure that the decisions that are made, or that the decisions that we make as a result of those recommendations are good decisions for the city and may not be every suggestion that the task force makes it is important to make sure that we are not just looking at it from
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a global perspective in the sense that making sure that it is efficient in the city and it is not happened, and in my lifetime and it probably will not happen in any of our life times and that we can of course try and while trying and i want to insure that we are not leading out a specific population, which i think that some of the decisions that have been recently made and transit, have been problematic, for those who completely rely on transit in our city and i want to make sure that we are not continuing down that road. >> whether the lines get rerouted and those are decisions that will be made and there say process for that and as commissioner breed noted
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there are ways and of the decision is made and there are ways to correct that, but looking more broadly, you can have, the optimum perfect number of bus stops to serve and if your system is falling apart it does not matter.. and i think that we all agree that there needs to be equity in transit and we need to make sure that people have access to transit, and particularly, the most transit dependant
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communities. to put it in front of the board of supervisor and so i look forward to the conversations and to make sure that we meet the needs of the city and the development in the development and there is development and not nearly enough transit and other partses of the city as well if any other member of the public like to comment, go ahead. >> and i think that on the public transit there are people that can take their own car and drive their own car, just because there is no double parking and i have heard this item before, and i have heard this item before and
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was brought before usnd one thing that i want you to remember, and number one, regarding the task, and what, the what the mayor's task force is recommending. and you have to remember, that when prop a was passed years ago, it will have to go before the voters again, for the authorization of the people, because the items that are in prop k, which was grandfathered and prop b which was base passed in 1989 will be able to go forward as planned, as regarding the check. and at the one of the meetings, and the president of the union spoke up and said that the effective project is not really doing or not helping anything rkts it is hurting the people, you are cutting service and i echoed those, and i echoed those comments myself.
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when i spoke up, and it was not, and they are completely, they are completely forgetting about the people that work in hotels and restaurants. and until midnight and one a.m. and two a.m. and they are completely forgetting about the people who work, that work that guard the buildings, and that work swing and grave yard and all of the buildings in san francisco, and all over the city they are forgetting about the disabled community and i have said this twice in front of the mta and it got none when it passed through and something should be done to stop it. think about reauthorizing prop k before you think about it going forward with the chance of the mayor's task force report, because, what is done in prop k should be done first
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before anything else >> i live in district three and i transit rich district. and i think that it is important to think that the decisions that the city makes it is not just the infrastructure or the scheduling. and when i came down, and i had i was going down to downtown the other day and the 27 is one of the buses that i use, and the next bus that was coming in, 36 minutes and one was coming in 35 minutes. and i think that we need to think about the fact that every weekend, and perhaps, several times, a week, there are fares and there are closed streets because of conventions. and these effect people who can get around but the people that
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the lady mentioned who need to get to work and the doctor and don't have the choices that i do and i think that it is important to remember, that it is more than the infrastructure and the buses it is about thinking about the other choices which are not so obvious, i think that is really important. >> i live in the hill neighborhood of south of market and i just would like to say that i am disappointed that the congestion pricing did not gel to the top of group it will add, 60 to 80 million a year and, it will assess the people that are using the roads and con jesting the roads and so on on the weekday evening and it will help, make sure that they are contributing fair poron of the revenues. and this, with the bart strike that we learned very quickly, i think with the two bart strikes is that car pooling works if
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you are trying to get into san francisco because there is an incentive to pick up two other people. leaving san francisco there is no level and, no tool to promote car pooling which will help to reduce the amount of people on bart when it is running and otherwise help straighten things out. the big thing that is missing and i believe that dph was part of the group. the one thing that we are missing out on is the air pollution that is caused by the pollution, just like the cigarette smoke there is no amount of vehicular emissions that are healthy, it results in premature death, and i hope that you consider the congestion pricing >> thank you.
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>> sue with just a couple of observations, i appreciate the comments by supervisor reid about the non-attention to the riders and the disabilities and stops. one of the things that is most frustrating to me is that everyone thinks of the city as a flat map, particularly transit planners, we are not flat. we are a city of hills, and of structures like the bay bridge ramp, it effects people's ability to get around. every time that i see a flat map it drives me crazy, because anyone that lives in the city
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knows that we have lent transit through districts one, two, three and five. but it is falling apart in the southeastern part of the city because of the hills. and every expansion of housing in the south of market and the eastern part of the mission in district ten and district eleven which is where the planning department is heading cuts the ability for people to get around and, there are no routes and, there are hills and i can get out on the boulevard and walk five or six routes and i can't do that in the south of market. and until you insist that people start thinking and showing in 3 d, we are not ever going to grasp the problem of circulation in this city, which
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is enormous. where you have hills, you have crapy muni service, thank you. >> any other member of the public that would like to comment? >> anyone else that would like to come up, if you could line up in the center aisle. >> i am alice rogers and i live on south market and i have been a resident for 24 years and i am looking forward to the improvements or to the reliability increases that commissioner weiner has mentioned. however i am worried that the expansion is not mentioned our neighborhood is enter faced with the region and the city and so, we have an out sized
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problem, relative to our space on the map. and taking care of existing problems will be important, but the truth is that that does not get us to a fluid livable non-grid lock situation. and we really need something more, thank you. >> thank you. >> if there are know other members of the public who would like to comment, we can close the public comment. and this was an information item and so we can go on to the next item. >> number 4, executive director's report and this is an information item. >> thank you for the thoughtful conversation that you are having, as transportation professionals we are grateful for the board's attention and the

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